Work-Related Back Injuries in Georgia
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Back pain is a daily reality for many individuals. Whether due to the stressors of a physically demanding occupation or the long-term consequence of sitting at an ill-fitting desk every day, thousands of individuals file workers’ compensation claims for back injuries each year.
While many are successful with these claims, back injuries are often contested by employers because it can be difficult to ascertain whether such an injury arose as a result of a work accident or other unrelated factors, such as a sports injury or a car accident.
At the Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers assist people throughout the area in evaluating back injury claims. Call (770) 629-9321!
Suffering Back Injuries On the Job
Back injuries can arise in all types of circumstances while on the job. If you work in a physically demanding profession that requires you to lift or move heavy objects on a regular basis, you may risk straining your back muscles from overuse, or you may develop a disc or spinal problem. Alternatively, if you spend extensive time staring at a computer screen that is not tailored to your eye level, this can result in damage to your back muscles.
In either of these scenarios, your back injury may develop over time, as a result of repetitive stress or overuse. At the other end of the spectrum, some workers experience sudden and immediate neck or back injuries as a result of an unexpected collision or fall.
What Happens After an Accident?
If you’ve hurt your back while working, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits through your employer.
The following steps are typically involved in a workers’ comp claim:
- Notify your employer right away of your condition
- Complete any paperwork needed for your claim
- Give your employer’s insurance carrier up to 21 days to investigate / evaluate your claim
- Be ready to provide any necessary medical evidence
- Remain prepared for a hearing if your claim is denied
If you do have your claim denied by the insurer, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision through a hearing. You will need to request a hearing with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation—our workers’ comp attorneys have frequently mediate and litigated cases in front of this board. A judge will have to review any evidence involved and provide a written decision regarding your claim.
As most injuries—especially those to the back—require timely care, an injured worker can move forward with medical treatment while awaiting the outcome of their hearing. It is also very important to ensure any treatment you receive is from a physician on the approved list selected by your employer if they provided one. If you go to a healthcare professional outside of this list, you may not be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses.
Need legal counsel for your Georgia workers’ compensation claim involving a serious back injury? Set up a consultation by calling our Atlanta workers’ comp attorneys at (770) 629-9321.